The Unexpected Ingredient That Will Majorly Upgrade Your Guacamole

Looking to add some zing to your guacamole game? Forget about artisanal sea salt: The secret ingredient that will take your guacamole from meh to magnificent is none other than ... mayonnaise! Yes, you heard that right. 

While some may scoff at adding mayo to their beloved recipe, this secret ingredient will take your guacamole to the next level. The idea of using mayonnaise as an ingredient in guacamole has been circulating online for a while, with many food bloggers experimenting with this unexpected twist on a classic recipe. As for the results of all this experimentation? Mayo adds a richness and depth of flavor most didn't even know they were missing. This creamy condiment perfectly complements the buttery flavor of ripe avocado and imparts a tangy, savory note that won't overpower the other ingredients in your guacamole. 

When mixed in properly, it will blend beautifully, creating a harmonious balance that just works. And the best part? Mayonnaise isn't just a flavor booster, it's also a healthy addition to your guacamole. Per Verywell Fit, mayonnaise is high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. These are the same healthy fats found in avocados (via Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health). 

How to add mayo to guacamole

So, how do you incorporate mayonnaise into your guacamole? It's easy. Simply mix a dollop of mayo into your mashed avocado along with the usual suspects: chopped onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and lime juice. The mayonnaise will blend in seamlessly, creating a smooth and luxurious texture that will have everyone's taste buds singing — and no one will guess your secret ingredient. Instead, they'll think of you as the master of guacamole!

While some may still view the idea of adding mayo to guacamole with skepticism, many have embraced this unconventional ingredient and found it adds a delicious new dimension to this beloved dip. Mayonnaise isn't a stranger in Mexican cookery at all. Just think about elotes: The Mexican-style grilled corn on the cob is commonly brushed with mayonnaise, then topped with chili powder and grated cheese. Then, there are tostadas, a popular Mexican street food that usually consists of a crispy tortilla topped with refried beans, shredded chicken or ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, and, you guessed it — a dollop of Mexican crema or mayonnaise! 

Whether you're a seasoned guacamole pro or a curious foodie looking to try something new, don't be afraid to try this unexpected ingredient. Your taste buds — and your guests — will thank you.